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MORE PROTECTION FOR BEELIAR WETLANDS!

 

Here part of a just released media statement concerning the Beeliar Wetlands by the WA State Government:

  • Approval removed for road construction in the Beeliar Wetlands
  • McGowan Labor Government’s commitment to protect Beeliar Wetlands confirmed
  • Alternatives to flawed Perth Freight Link plan already underway 

The McGowan Labor Government has introduced further protections to the Beeliar Wetlands by removing approvals put in place by the former government when planning to build the flawed Perth Freight Link.

Main Roads Western Australia has applied to amend environmental approvals for the Perth Freight Link to remove consent to build a road west of Bibra Drive to Stock Road, passing through the Beeliar Wetlands.

The proposed changes will result in a reduction in the land permitted for road construction from 167 hectares (ha) to 81.2 ha.

The remaining 85.8 ha within the project development envelope will be rehabilitated, along with the large sections of vegetation that had been cleared prior to the last election, west of Bibra Drive. 

Meanwhile, all land owned in freehold by the State Government – north of Hope Road and west of Bibra Drive – will be amalgamated and set aside as an A-Class conservation reserve to be managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. 

This process will be given priority by the Government and it is likely this will be achieved within the next 12 months.

A Rehabilitation Management Plan (Roe 8 Cleared Areas) has been prepared by the Rehabilitating Roe 8 Working Group and is currently being considered by government for adoption and implementation.

PROPOSED CHANGES TO WA PLANNING PROCESS

 

The WA Government has released its plans for changes to the planning process, stating that the present process is more about process than it is about quality outcomes.

The discussion paper that is now out for public comment focusses on five areas which I have copied and pasted here for Freo’s View readers:

1. Strategically-led

2. Legible

3. Transparent

4. Efficient

5. Delivering smart growth

  • The State Government, WAPC and local government to collaborate on the planning and delivery of key centres and infill locations and forward planning of infrastructure.
  • Develop a state planning policy focused on delivering consolidated and connected smart growth.
  • Provide for coordinated land use and transport planning of key urban corridors.

Key reform proposals

Make strategic planning the cornerstone of the planning system

  • Local governments to have up-to-date local planning strategies, including one for housing, through which the community has a say in how their neighbourhood will be developed.
  • Make strategic planning for sustainable development the purpose of planning in Western Australia.

Make the planning system easy to access and understand

  • A single concise State Planning Policy framework with common elements for State, regional and local plans and policies.
  • A comprehensive local planning scheme will be available online for each local government including a local planning strategy, the statutory scheme and local planning policies.
  • Reduce red tape by standardising commonly used zones.

Open up the planning system and increase community engagement in planning

  • A Community Engagement Charter with a focus on up-front community involvement in strategic planning.
  • Re-balance Development Assessment Panel processes including recording meetings, providing reasons for decisions, and undertaking more comprehensive investigation and consideration of complex proposals.
  • Local governments to report annually on their planning responsibilities.

Make the planning system well-organised and
more efficient

Refocus the planning system to deliver quality urban infill

  • Revise the WA Planning Commission (WAPC) to include 5-7 specialist members and increase their focus on strategic planning and policy development.
  • WAPC to delegate more statutory matters to the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage and accredited local governments.
  • Rethink administrative processes that add unnecessary time and cost to approvals processes.

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FREO STEVEDORES NOT HAPPY WITH MINISTER

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on May 5, 2018

 

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Fremantle stevedores DL World and Patrick’s are not very happy that Fremantle Ports has put out a general tender for the management of the container terminals on North Quay.

Yesterday Minister Rita Saffioti announced the Expressions of Interest for a seven-year lease and it appears the present operators were not aware of that.

DL World and Patrick’s have spent many millions of dollars on upgrading the facilities, getting bigger and better cranes, etc. over the past decades, so they were expecting the WA state government to liaise with them about new leases instead of a general tender.

The whole port thing is becoming a bit of a shambles, with millions of dollars wasted by the previous Liberal Government on legal advise and expert opinions for the intended sale/lease of Fremantle Port, and now the Westport task force will advise the government if a new outer harbour is viable and if it should be constructed at Kwinana or elsewhere.

It is also questionable if any new or present operator would substantially invest in the terminals when the lease is only for a 7+2 year period.

Roel Loopers

 

 

NEW LEASES FOR FREMANTLE PORT CONTAINER TERMINALS

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on May 4, 2018

 

Fremantle Ports is asking for tenders for new leases for the two container shipping terminals at North Quay.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti announced today that the opportunity was being offered in an open market expression of interest process.

The intention is to grant new seven-year leases with options for extensions for two further periods of up to seven years, at the discretion of Fremantle Ports and dependant on the outcome of the Westport: Port and Environs Strategy.

A new management agreement for the operation of the North Quay Rail Terminal will also be put in place through a parallel Request for Proposals process.

A seven-year lease is relatively short, so that must mean the McGown government is serious about a new overflow port near Kwinana.

Roel Loopers

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LIVE STREAM ALL LIVE TRANSPORT TRIPS

 

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I just want to put this out there and see how serious the Australian government, our politicians, and the live trade exporters are.

We all know shit happens in the world, especially on sheep ships, and we also suspect that we only get to see the tip of the iceberg as far as animal cruelty during transport to the Middle East  is concerned.

My suggestion is to put cameras on every deck of every live trade transport ship and live stream the images 24/7 on the internet, so that everyone in the world can monitor what goes on and alert authorities when the animals are not treated well and are in distress.

Roel Loopers

HIGH STREET UPGRADE INFO TODAY!

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle ports, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2018

 

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Come along to the drop-in sessions to see the draft concept plan and speak to the project team of Main Roads WA, who will be available to answer questions.

Drop-in anytime TODAY from 4pm to 7pm on Monday 30 April or 3pm to 6pm on Thursday 10 May at Stackwood, Stack Street, Fremantle.

View the draft concept plan and read more project information on the website – https://project.mainroads.wa.gov.au/home/southmetropolitan/highstreet/Pages/default.aspx

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STATE SUPPORT FOR LOCAL MUSICIANS

 

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I just picked this up on Facebook from WA Premier Mark McGowan, so Fremantle musicians take advantage of it and try to get your fair share of government funding and support!

Roel Loopers

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WOOLSTORES DEVELOPMENT GOES TO JDAP

 

Woolstores

The controversial development plans for the Woolstores shopping centre site come before Fremantle Council on Wednesday, before they go to the WA Joint Development Assessment Panel a week later. JDAP is the decision making authority so it will only take Fremantle Council’s recommendation of rejection or approval into account.

The Officer’s Recommendation to Council is to reject the building because the request for two additional discretionary storeys can’t be accepted as the building does not have the required exceptional architectural design standards.

This is only part of the initial application as the other high rise tower at the east end of the development has been scratched, taking out apartments for aged care and student accommodation, only leaving the eleven-storey hotel component and  four-storey car park

It is a real shame that this $ 80 million development has become such a battle because Fremantle needs a new substantial hotel and get rid of the ugly building that is there now.

I am not sure why Silverleaf Investments does not either reduce the building height or create a truly magnificent building in that location just opposite the railway station.

Fremantle Council and the Fremantle community would love to see an iconic new modern building replace the Woolstores boredom, but it needs to be of truly exceptional high standards, and this proposal unfortunately is not.

Roel Loopers

IT’S ALL ABOUT GETTING THE DEVELOPMENT BALANCE RIGHT

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, local government, planning, Uncategorized by freoview on March 14, 2018

 

There is a big conundrum about development in Fremantle and elsewhere. The difficult question about urban infill in older character places is how much, how big, how high, how good, what kind of and when to stop.

We are getting very confusing messages from people, with many moving from WA to Melbourne because it is so European, whatever that means, while I read that many people in Sydney want to move out and go to Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane because Sydney is getting too big, traffic too mad and property prices too high.

Feedback from tourists is that most of them love Fremantle but are not impressed with the bland mediocrity of many of the new buildings in Perth, while they adore Freo’s gorgeous heritage West End.

What is good and appropriate development for Fremantle and how much is needed? We can forever argue about what we like or not but for example the development of the dormant Henderson Street in connection with that of Kings Square and the future development of Fremantle Oval is a good thing I believe.

One can rightly question though if the massive planned Woolstores shopping centre development and the eight-storey Little Lane on the Spotlight site are just a bit too much for Fremantle and overkill.

Does Fremantle need more highrise apartment buildings or should is start encouraging micro lots of around 100sqm for terrace housing/townhouses, that would suit our inner city much better.

I believe it is all about balance, but developers and city and state planners are not getting the right mix in my opinion.

I left Sydney in 1985 because real estate was simply unaffordable there while house prices in Perth were very cheap then, and it looks like this is still going on, although Fremantle is relatively expensive to move to.

It is time the WA state government organised a symposium on how much and what kind of development is needed, so that it can give better guidance to developers and local councils and its own JDAP and SAT.

It is imperative to show real respect for character cities like Fremantle, Subiaco and others and develop with restraint. To keep pushing for urban infill when the targets might be unrealistic will be detrimental to the uniqueness of our heritage cities.

Roel Loopers

HIGH STREET UPGRADE FINALLY-MAYBE.

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle port, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on March 6, 2018

 

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Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti today unveiled a proposal for the widening of High Street, between Stirling Highway and Carrington Street, to improve safety and address peak hour congestion in the area.

The draft concept plans, which will now be taken to the community for feedback, include a roundabout at the Stirling Highway intersection; a wide median to separate traffic and preserve a number of mature trees; and a single-lane service road for residents north of High Street.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said it appeared the message provided by the public that previous models were overly intrusive and expensive had been heard.

“Our community wants to see reduced noise and pollution, and improved safety for motorists and pedestrians, as well as those living along High Street and users of the nearby Frank Gibson Park netball courts.

“We are also keen to ensure the upgrade provides a suitable sense of ‘arrival’ and welcome at what is a key gateway into Fremantle.”

Mayor Pettitt said the City would play a partnership role with the State Government and Main Roads to ensure local stakeholders including members and officials of the nearby Fremantle Public Golf Course, High Street residents and the broader community were consulted closely during the process to develop and finalise the upgrade design.

COMMENT:

This is promising news but it is disappointing that the WA Government Media department still has not reached the 2000s and acknowledges the importance of blogs such as Freo’s View.

I have often and in detail reported about all the plans by the former government and the news that suddenly the High Street upgrade was scrapped for a tunnel to nowhere.

Neither the Premier’s media people, nor those of our local representatives Josh Wilson MP and  Minister Simone McGurk, or the City of Fremantle flak catchers bothered to inform me. I need an emoji with a one finger salute! ; >)

Roel Loopers

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